I really want to get fit - BUT WHERE the fuck do I start?

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    May 30, 2013 9:38 AM GMT
    I'm 19, and I have a really high metabolism. I can eat and eat and eat and not put on hardly any weight. Recently, I've begun to take the effects of my eating, and my body fat is becoming visible. Yes this is a body-image thing. But it is also a health thing. I am concerned that if I keep up my current eating lifestyle, there will be serious health implications for when I'm thirty, because my metabolism would have considerably slowed down by then. I believe in keeping healthy. I keep my mind healthy constantly, but never my body - and I wish to change this.

    I also rarely exercise. I am lazy. I watch TV and films all the time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as it is good for my mind - but sitting down isn't the best way of making my body in shape.

    Thing is, I have absolutely no idea what to do, how to do it and where to start.
    So here are some questions:

    1) What should I eat which makes me full (I get hungry very easily) but is healthy and won't add on to my body many unhealthy body-fats...etc? Please offer meals. Foods I need to get to make these. How to cook them so that they are completely healthy...etc...maybe meal-plans: what to each eat day, something different, perhaps? This is important as I don't think about what I eat - as long as it tastes nice and fills me up, that's what my attitude has been like, essentially.
    2) Exercise and fitness. What do I do? What exercises should a rookie/exercise virgin begin to do? At the gym, which machines should or exercises should I start? I'm concerned about using the machines without any advice as it would be a deeply bad thing if I used one of them incorrectly and broke/strained a body part, for example.
    3) How often should I do the above? How many repetitions of certain exercises should I do? Should their be a rota of exercises or things that I do? How often should I go to the gym a week?
    4) This one is VERY IMPORTANT. I get easily bored. Like really easily. At school in gym/PE classes, I'd hate them. Not necessarily because my body would feel strained or tired (it eventually would though), but because I'd get bored. How can I make moving parts of my body more interesting and exciting? Please don't suggest team-sports. This is just a me thing, but I find that getting a group of guys to play a sporting game, they turn into competetive bulleying wankers, and actually get pissed off at you just because their side didn't win. Please don't get offended or hurt by this. Everyone has life experiences which affect them in different ways or make them form certain opinions. This is just how I feel and is a personal issue which related directly to me.
    5) Is it easy to maintain social life with fitness?
    6) When will I start seeing results.

    Thanks,

    Alex
  • kew1

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    May 30, 2013 10:50 AM GMT

    If you don't like team sports, try things like Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Swimming. You'll probably be crap at them to begin with but should improve.
    Dance, preferably without getting totally pissed & having a pizza or kebab on the way homeicon_smile.gif
    Ride a bike, maybe not in rush hour but plenty of quiet or off road routes around,depending where you are in London. It may seem flat when in a bus/car but there are hills.


    To feel fuller longer, cut out white flour (cakes, biscuits, white bread), stick to wholemeal if using wheat, & increase your protein intake.


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    May 30, 2013 11:55 AM GMT
    You don't provide any real information for a qualified answer.

    Count your calories in a spreadsheet. Study everything there is to know about nutrition.

    READ. Read some more.

    Start working out.

    Eat.

    Read.

    Sleep.

    Find an activity you enjoy.

    You might want to get a blood workup, too.
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    May 30, 2013 12:22 PM GMT
    If you find that you get bored easily, try finding a group class you enjoy!

    I'm an instructor here in my city, at our local Gold's Gym, and SO many of my participants have said to me, "I'm so glad I found your class! I'd get so bored working out on my own."

    They enjoy themselves, they come back regularly, and so many of them have seen results, and it's so wonderful to see!

    Every single journey begins with a single step, so step right on over to the gym and just start exercising. You'll find your pattern eventually.

    Good luck! icon_smile.gif
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    May 30, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    "I also rarely exercise. I am lazy. I watch TV and films all the time."

    START HERE.

    In the beginning you are going to have to force yourself to move.

    DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO WATCH THE FILM(the one you really, really want to see)

    UNTIL YOU'VE WALKED OUTSIDE FOR 15 MINUTES.

    Your walk is probably going to be boring. And you won't see any great result when you return home and look in the mirror.

    But THIS IS WHERE YOU NEED TO START!

    Reward yourself for this effort by enjoying your movie or TV.

    THEN DO IT AGAIN. TAKE ANOTHER WALK.

    After a week, try a body-weight exercise like a push-up or sit-up. WATCH a video to learn how to do them correctly.

    YOU CAN DO THIS !
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    May 30, 2013 3:05 PM GMT
    I'm going to stick to being simple here. Find an activity you enjoy, and go for it. Search some fun ones like poi or parkour. That's how I started.

    Then, just go out and do something. Seriously, you're not going to be getting in shape on the couch all of the time, and you have to start somewhere. Go for a nice walk, bike ride, ect, ect.

    I think if you're going to get itno weightlifting - that's great, however, I find doing things such as calorie counting and statistic crunching to de-motivate you in the beginning. Look up routines such as "Starting Strength" and start there. Along the way you'll find out what you want to do.

    Plus, eat protein, lean fats, and veggies!
  • Destinharbor

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    May 30, 2013 4:21 PM GMT
    Wow-- You ask too much. OK. Join a gym. Go there no less than five times/week for at least an hour of actual work. You're not fat now so don't waste time doing a lot of aerobics. Larger muscles burn more calories even while sitting on the couch watching a movie. So do one day on legs, one on chest, one on shoulders, one on back, one on arms. READ here or on Bodybuilding.com or Men's Health to find five or six exercises for each body part, then do three reps of ten for each exercise. Push yourself to raise the weight no less than every month. Raise the weight anytime an exercise gets easy. Do machines but also dumbbells.

    Buy a big jar of protein powder with at least 30 grams per shake and no more than 100 calories including fat free milk. Drink it twice/day, especially within 30 minutes of working out.

    Junk food no more than once or twice/week. Learn to cook. Don't eat anything white. NO snacks.

    That should get you started.
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    May 30, 2013 4:24 PM GMT
    Don't over think it. Starts with going to the gym and eating like it. Complexity will enter into the equation eventually but, for now, all that's left to do is to just do it.
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    May 30, 2013 4:49 PM GMT
    Getting fit and being healthy is a life long journey. Don't get too wrapped up in getting there right now or right away. Would you go on another blog and ask "how do I get smart"? That's basically what you're asking.

    The best way to get started is to just start. Don't try to get there in one huge step of eating and exercise changes to your current lifestyle. Start reading about nutrition and maybe jogging a couple times a week. Whatever strikes your fancy that you can incorporate into your daily routine. To me, it's all about getting into the habit of making good choices, both eating and exercising and then just keep doing them and tweaking them.
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    May 30, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
    Thanks guys! You're all very helpful and inspiring!

    Keep the comments coming! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 30, 2013 6:45 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidWow-- You ask too much. OK. Join a gym. Go there no less than five times/week for at least an hour of actual work. You're not fat now so don't waste time doing a lot of aerobics. Larger muscles burn more calories even while sitting on the couch watching a movie. So do one day on legs, one on chest, one on shoulders, one on back, one on arms. READ here or on Bodybuilding.com or Men's Health to find five or six exercises for each body part, then do three reps of ten for each exercise. Push yourself to raise the weight no less than every month. Raise the weight anytime an exercise gets easy. Do machines but also dumbbells.

    Buy a big jar of protein powder with at least 30 grams per shake and no more than 100 calories including fat free milk. Drink it twice/day, especially within 30 minutes of working out.

    Junk food no more than once or twice/week. Learn to cook. Don't eat anything white. NO snacks.

    That should get you started.


    thanks buddy! really detailed and helpful. Just one thing, what do you mean by "don't eat anything white"?
  • Latenight30

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    May 30, 2013 7:15 PM GMT
    so much good advice.
    Finding someone(s) who you can share an interest with like biking or even climbing. The White flour thing is totally true.
    I haven't delved into the 12 week program much but I did have great success with Body for Life.
    Look it up, it really spells out some good steps and how to get there.
    One if you are already skinny don't cut calories, just change how you get them.
    good luck, welcome to the club and keep us informed of how you come along
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    May 30, 2013 8:01 PM GMT
    1.) I'd suggest two books:Starting Strength by Rippetoe and 5-3-1 by Wendler.
    You can follow either program, or pick out which specific ones work on one and the other then combine, or just alternate.

    2.) Eat right and Rest right (educate yourself about these)

    3.) Count your macros.



    There are various people in this forum that arrived to their ideal bodies using different methods, which may or may not work for you (it's like you're shooting a target blindly). Your best bet is educating yourself while observing your body on how it reacts as you apply what you learned. Start educating yourself with the books mentioned above. There are PDF files you can download/purchase tooo.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 30, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
    alex246 said
    Destinharbor saidWow-- You ask too much. OK. Join a gym. Go there no less than five times/week for at least an hour of actual work. You're not fat now so don't waste time doing a lot of aerobics. Larger muscles burn more calories even while sitting on the couch watching a movie. So do one day on legs, one on chest, one on shoulders, one on back, one on arms. READ here or on Bodybuilding.com or Men's Health to find five or six exercises for each body part, then do three reps of ten for each exercise. Push yourself to raise the weight no less than every month. Raise the weight anytime an exercise gets easy. Do machines but also dumbbells.

    Buy a big jar of protein powder with at least 30 grams per shake and no more than 100 calories including fat free milk. Drink it twice/day, especially within 30 minutes of working out.

    Junk food no more than once or twice/week. Learn to cook. Don't eat anything white. NO snacks.

    That should get you started.


    thanks buddy! really detailed and helpful. Just one thing, what do you mean by "don't eat anything white"?

    White bread, white rice, potatoes, pasta. These are the bad carbs that are stripped of any nutritional value and dissolve almost immediately into sugars.

    One other thing I should warn you about, when you start in the gym, you won't see much change for about the first six months. But then it starts. You will see a quick rise in the weights you can handle as you develop tone but size takes a while to kick in. So don't get discouraged and don't think you're doing anything wrong. Have fun and get addicted to the gym. You'll love it. Try to find a gym workout partner. It helps keep you on the routine.
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    May 31, 2013 12:59 AM GMT
    Step 1 - Ask yourself why you want to start exercising. Your reason(s) will help you set goals. And your goals will determine what your exercise program will look like.

    Step 2 - Set goals - be specific, be quantitative, and set a deadline. For example, "I want to run 1 mile without stopping by the end of August" or "I want to bench 100lbs for 3 sets of 10 reps by Christmas."

    Step 3 - Come up with a plan (or look one up on Google) to get you to your goal(s).


    (Also, check with your doctor first before starting any exercise program.)
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    Jun 02, 2013 5:44 AM GMT
    In my experience, getting into shape/shedding the pounds is fairly easy.
    Being a body builder is a whole other ball game. You really have to make sure you have the cash, and the time to devote to it.
    When I say cash, I really do mean cash. You're going to be buying twice the amount of food you were before, and most of it is as expensive as it gets.
    Protein-rich foods are some of the priciest there is.
    This coupled with the gym membership became too much for me.

    That being said, I would honestly just get on my bike, go see friends, visit your favorite places, sit down somewhere and read a book or have a picnic like us non-gym rats do.

    This little number might do you well:

    I simply hop on my bike and head to the expansive valley nearby my house. Not sure where you live, but here, we have great bike trails -- really hilly too.
    I make sure to conquer, at the very least, 3 hills. We have very large hills where I live, some take ten or more minutes of huffing and puffing!

    In between these hills though, I "rest" for stretches and push-ups. Try to do one hundred push-ups in one ride!
    Look up online what stretches would benefit you as well... I highly recommend stretching before every hill because it increases your endurace.

    Well good luck!